The prospect of facing any criminal charge in South Carolina is daunting. The accusations can tear families apart, destroy reputations and put untold stress on everyone involved. Regardless of guilt, the accused’s standing in the community can be irreparably damaged. Even with white collar crimes where no physical injury occurs – like embezzlement, fraud or breach of fiduciary trust – the repercussions can be devastating for the defendant.
White collar crimes are among the most serious offenses a person can commit, and convictions can lead to prolonged prison sentences. Many people charged with embezzlement, fraud and similar crimes are arrested for something they have done at work. Frequently, they are unaware that their actions were in violation of any laws. Maybe they were asked to perform the work by a superior, or an employer placed a greater responsibility on the person than was reasonable. No matter how the situation arises, it is important for people suspected of white collar crimes in South Carolina to pursue a criminal defense in order to protect themselves and their future.
Money can sometimes make people do crazy things in life. People who work around money are often more tempted by the thought of maybe taking some of the money home without anyone's knowledge. Knowing the policies and procedures of a financial institute can make the thought of embezzlement seem closer to a reality -- even with the risk of getting caught. Reports of a recent South Carolina audit show that, even after several years, getting caught for a crime is always a possibility.